'Blackology': How can efforts around inclusivity in STEM fields go farther?
Of the millions of people working in STEM fields in the U.S., only 9% are Black, according to the Pew Research Center. Those numbers are "unchanged" since 2016. Yale public health professor Dr. Ijeoma Opara discusses her work to reduce racial health disparities, and to "strengthen the pipeline of Black youth to the field of public health research."Source: Connecticut Public Radio
“She is the best of us:” Ijeoma Opara and the power of health advocacy
From witnessing injustices faced by her parents to working as a therapist, YSPH assistant professor Ijeoma Opara's life experiences inspired her mission to reduce health disparities faced by Black communities.Source: Yale Daily News
Noted civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw receives Winslow Medal
Noted civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, left, receives the Yale School of Public Health's highest honor, the C-E. A. Winslow Medal, from Interim Dean Melinda Pettigrew during a ceremony February 3 in Harkness Auditorium. Crenshaw, a law professor at both Columbia University and UCLA who coined and developed the fields of intersectionality and critical race theory, was honored for her work in intersectionality. She is the eighth recipient of the medal.
Civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to receive Winslow Medal
Civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, whose work has been foundational in two fields of study she coined and developed – critical race theory and intersectionality – will be presented with the C-E.A. Winslow Medal, the Yale School of Public Health’s highest honor, at a ceremony Feb. 3 at Harkness Auditorium.
Yale Honors Young Scientist Who Was the Subject of a Police Complaint
Bobbi Wilson, 9, was honored by Yale University on Jan. 20, 2023, for her efforts in eradicating the invasive spotted lanternfly in her hometown of Caldwell, New Jersey. University officials also recognized Bobbi’s donation of her personal collection of spotted lanternfly specimens to Yale’s Peabody Museum. The collection, which was officially entered into the museum’s database, will be forever associated with Bobbi’s name as the donor scientist.
Yale honors girl who had cops called on her for spraying lanternflies
Yale University on Friday honored a scientist who is just 9 years old. Bobbi Wilson is fascinated by bugs, but last year, her mission to catch spotted lanternflies captured national attention. Bradley Blackburn reports for CBS2.Source: CBS News, New York
Girl donates lanternfly collection to Yale after alleged racial profiling by N.J. neighbor
The Yale Peabody Museum Entomology Division now has spotted lanternfly specimens for scientists to use for research thanks to Bobbi Wilson, the 9-year-old girl from New Jersey whose neighbor called the police on her last October while she was doing her part to rid the state of the invasive species.Source: NJ.com
Attorney Ben Crump highlights discussion on the public health impact of policing
A Nov. 4 talk at the Yale School of Public Health brought national civil rights attorney Ben Crump to Yale to discuss his continuing fight for justice for victims of police brutality, including 36-year-old Randy Cox, a New Haven resident.
Perceived discrimination increased the risk of worse health outcomes after a heart attack
An analysis of more than 2,600 heart attack survivors, ages 55 years and younger, found that nearly 35% of them reported perceived discrimination in their everyday lives.Source: American Heart Association News
Yale Partners With the Urban League and Others to Address Gun Violence in New Haven
The Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health and the Urban League of Southern Connecticut are teaming up with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to see if an infusion of community programs and interventions in New Haven can mitigate systemic racism and reduce gun violence in the city.
Dreamer Girls Project is a dream-come-true for YSPH professor
An idea that YSPH Professor Ijeoma Opara conceived 12 years ago, the Dreamer Girls Project, finally has become a reality. She led two groups of Black teen girls from New Jersey on tours of Yale and YSPH in late July, showing them that college life can be a reality for them.
Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative secures grant to reduce inequities in sepsis outcomes and care
The Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative has been awarded a highly competitive research grant exceeding $1 million to reduce inequities in sepsis care and outcomes among African American/Black and Latinx communities.
New Online Training for Mental Health Providers Benefits LGBTQ Community
Mental health providers can learn to deliver evidence-based LGBTQ-affirmative cognitive therapy through low-cost online training, which would help deliver more evidence-based mental health care to LGBTQ people and support its implementation across practice settings, according to a new study by Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) researchers.
Disparities Persist in Positive Cardiac Longevity Trend
One of the first national studies to measure long-term patient outcomes following a heart attack has found positive overall trends, but those benefits do not extend to low-income and Black communities, according to a new study in JAMA Cardiology.
Churches are closing in predominantly Black communities – why public health officials should be concerned
Public health officials need to become more intentional and systematic in understanding the demographics served by churches in predominantly Black communities, the ways in which they deliver services, their capacity to serve as potential extension sites for health care access, and the ways in which they support, more generally, the social determinants of health in their communities.Source: Brookings